The main purpose of this Scottish Government Carers Act Transformation Support (CATS) Fund (as described in the Financial Memorandum to the Carers (Scotland) Bill) was to develop local capacity through improvements to systems or technology etc. rather than delivering direct services or support to carers (which is funded locally).
CATS - which first opened in June 2018 - has awarded grants to 42 unique organisations across 26 local authority areas, that have supported these organisations to improve and upgrade their IT systems; develop their workforce; develop/refine processes; purchase a range of mobile devices such as iPads and Tablets; implement CRMs and test new digital approaches to existing services. Organisations funded in Round 3 started their activities in August this year and will continue through to March 2020. An evaluation of rounds 1 and 2 has taken place and the feedback from organisations has been overwhelmingly positive: